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Engaging Achievement. About.

In April of 2008, Donnie O'Callaghan (A Sixth and Seventh Grade Science teacher at Frederick Douglas Academy [FDA] VIII in Brooklyn) brought over 60 students to Colby College in Waterville, Maine, from which he graduated in 2006. A year later Nicholas Cade--a 2008 Colby graduate and the new Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies teacher at FDA VIII--repeated the trip, this time bringing 70 students, and the concept of Engaging Achievement was born.

Engaging Achievement was founded in the fall of 2009 when O'Callaghan and Cade teamed with Benjamin Herbst and Romeo Raugei--both Colby graduates--to make these opportunities a permanent experience for students in Canarsie, Brooklyn, as well as share the trips with other schools, beginning with Explore Charter School in East Flatbush (first trip planned for April 2010). In 2010 the organization will help two schools bring over 100 students to Colby and will begin college planning support for these students as they enter high school in the fall.

The organization relies on the mentor relationships that young alumni build with their students in the classroom, in order to leverage that relationship into an intense desire to attend and succeed at college.

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